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The Adventures of Ellery Queen - The Hanging Acrobat - DuMont Network

Published 1951

This is an episode of the DuMont Network's "The Adventures of Ellery Queen" (1950-54). This ran on the DuMont Network before moving to the ABC. The series was also shown in Australia, where it played on Channel 2 on Thursdays at 9pm throughout 1957. The actor who plays Ellery, Richard Hart, died part way through the series and was replaced by Lee Bowman. About 50 episodes were made over its two runs but only a small amount survive.

This episode, original air date 21 December 1950, sees Ellery become involved in a murder investigation when he stops at a small, rural carnival.

This episode was sponsored by Kaiser-Frazer automobiles. Queen mentions that he was returning to the city in his Kaiser when he stopped at a small carnival.

Run time 24 mins
Producer Irving and Norman Pincus
Production Company DuMont Network
Sponsor Kaiser-Fraser
Audio/Visual sound, Black and White
Language English
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Episode Cast
Richard Hart...Ellery Queen
Sono Osato...Louise
Kurt Katch...Hugo
Frank Tweddell...Sheriff
Raymond Bramley...Colonel Day
Don Kennedy...Tex

Episode Credits
Donald Richardson...director
Gilman Braun...writer
Irving Pincus....producer
Norman Pincus....producer
Trew Hocker...setting


Reviewer: richgoup - - June 3, 2011
Subject: The Hanging Acrobat.
Season 1, episode 10.
Original air date: 21 December 1950.
Ellery becomes involved in a murder investigation when he stops in a small rural carnival.
Additional cast: Rex Marshall (Announcer: uncredited).
This episode was sponsored by Kaiser-Frazer automobiles. Queen mentions that he was returning to the city in his Kaiser when he stopped at a small carnival.
From IMDB.
Reviewer: jeffzkrazie - - May 17, 2011
Subject: Thomas VS is NUTS!
The 70's Ellery Queen is far-far superior than the 50s. I like a lot of shows from the 50s. I like most of the show's that's on the archive from the 50s! But come on now, the 70's had some good stuff to and some even greater stuff (The Streets of San Francisco, Canon, Starsky and Hutch, Ellery Queen, Kolchak, Adam 12!) You get my drift. But Definitive TV dropped drastically after the 70s and was/has never been the same since.
Reviewer: rclo - - May 17, 2011
Subject: Wow! Has TV come a long way!
I was only 8 when this aired, so I was probably watching Beanie and Cecil and Howdy Doody. However, I'll bet I saw better acting on those shows. The production is less sophisticated than what anyone with a video camera could do today. Of course, this was done in the "early" days of TV broadcasts, and everything one saw then was the first time they had seen anything like it. That is, the standards and expectations were mush lower.

I wish they'd have shown more of the Kaiser and Fraser cars. Most people today don't know that they existed. 1 1/2 stars.
Reviewer: UnicornTapestry - - August 31, 2009
Subject: Disappointing
The production quality is poor for 1950, although television would see rapid improvements over the next few years. The story line is disappointingly weak as well, depending more on visuals than fine acting, which Hart was capable of. The Mademoiselle Louise character is entertaining but the screenwriter didn't give the actors much to work with.

The Dannay/Lee families keep a tight lock on the Ellery Queen properties, so it may be a long time before we see better episides of Ellery Queen from the small screen.
Reviewer: ThomasVS - - February 1, 2009
Subject: Amazing TV Show
I really love these old shows. People really knew how to act back then. I remember the Ellery Queen from the 70s. This one is just as good. Poor guy had quite a struggle at the end of this episode. No special effects, just pure acting.
Reviewer: Jeice_The_Cuddly_Warrior - - January 9, 2009
Subject: Better than Murdering!!
Wow, this classic TV broadcast is so good, it's even better than eating little children.
Reviewer: quigs - - January 6, 2009
Subject: Ellery Queen
I enjoyed this. I didn't think I would since I saw the revised series on NBC with Jim Hutton and David Wayne. It was good.
Reviewer: Classic_TV_and_Radio_Fan - - January 3, 2009
Subject: I Didn't Upload This
You can never go wrong with a DuMont broadcast.
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